The Waiver Wire 12/26
Week 17 pickups
Welcome to Week 17! You are reading this, so some congratulations are in order. It’s been a long crazy injury-riddled fantasy football season. This is your week to soak it in and enjoy, but before you do that, make sure your team is fully loaded. I’ll endeavor to help with the recommendations below.
There are some Week 17 sleepers who are too heavily rostered to list below, such as Derrick Henry and Bilal Powell, so make sure you get a good look at your wire, just in case guys like this are out there. I will be keeping tabs on my Twitter feed this afternoon, so feel free to send me any questions you may have. I’m happy to offer a second opinion to any of our readers, especially on a big week like this one. You can find me @Rotobahn.
The ownership rates listed were sourced from Yahoo! They reflect a player’s ownership, not their availability.
Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers at Rams, 29 percent
This is a bit of a false alarm, but I’ll be a slave to the numbers here and point out that he’s available in some leagues. Of course, the reason is that he was dumped in a lot of leagues that don’t use Week 17 as the final week. Still, if he’s there, he’s a great add.
Tyrod Taylor, Bills at Dolphins, 39 percent
This is the guy to go after. He’s always viable because he gives you a nice floor with his foot points. He’s in a decent matchup at Miami, which is probably preferable to playing in Buffalo this time of year.
Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Bengals, 21 percent
He’s been steady but his team is locked into a playoff spot, so I’m not sure how much they have to play for. It’s possible that they rest some people and maybe even pull Flacco early. He’s playable but less than ideal.
Nick Foles, Eagles vs. Cowboys, 50 percent
As I said last week on the show, I do not trust Foles. His numbers are soft, but the offense is well run and talented which gives him a floor to work from. He’s a viable play but you risk him getting pulled early as the Eagles have the number one seed locked up.
Peyton Barber, Bucs vs. Saints, 32 percent
He’s still very much out there and I’m not sure why. Barber has shown that he can get it done—even when the sledding is tough. He’s a great bet to lead the Bucs’ backfield again in Week 17 and he has plenty of potential in this matchup. He’s easily the RB to target on most wires this week.
Gio Bernard, Bengals at Ravens, 45 percent
Joe Mixon left with an ankle injury last week and Gio is the last back standing if that injury forced Mixon to miss Week 17. And, if think about it, why would the Bengals risk his future in a meaningless game? I’m thinking there’s a better than fifty fifty shot that Gio is the lead dog this week at Baltimore. For Mixon owners, adding Gio is a must.
Malcolm Brown, Rams vs. 49ers, 0 percent
He’s a guy to go after ESPECIALLY if you are a Todd Gurley owner. There’s a chance that Gurley will be held out because the Rams have no chance at a bye week. Even if Gurley starts, he’s unlikely to handle a full workload, and that makes Brown a sneaky flex in deeper formats. He’s an option for those who may be hurting at running back.
Charcandrick West, Chiefs at Broncos, 2 percent
Kareem Hunt left Week 16 early, and the Chiefs are already talking about sitting Alex Smith. They have no upside based on tiebreakers, so it’s hard to see them playing a back who just got injured—even if it’s minor. West could get a sizable workload this week and has value—especially in PPR formats.
T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars at Titans, 11 percent
He’s been getting more and more love lately, and the Jaguars may be tempted to rest Leonard Fournette, who has been banged up the last month or so. Yeldon is the preferable add compared to Chris Ivory. He’ll have some PPR value either way, but he could handle a large workload if Fournette is down. This is a must add for Fournette owners.
Mike Gillislee, Patriots vs. Jets, 31 percent
The Patriots have to win to maintain home field advantage, but that could just as easily work against Gillislee as for him. The thing is, I think the Patriots smoke the Jets and that could mean plenty of goal line situations. If James White and Rex Burkhead sit again, Gillislee is a viable option. I’d pick him off the wire just to keep him away from my competition—assuming better players aren’t available and that you don’t have other pressing needs.
Alfred Blue, Texans at Colts, 0 percent
He’s worth more in standard scoring because he’s mostly an early down runner, but Blue is getting significant work. It almost cost me a championship last week! He’s certainly a guy to consider in deeper leagues this week, especially if they are non-PPR. He’s available almost everywhere.
Mike Davis, Seahawks vs. Cardinals, 46 percent
He’s getting enough love to be a viable play but his matchup is not great as the Cardinals have handled the run very well. Davis did get four receptions last week, which is encouraging.
Kerwynn Williams, Cardinals at Seahawks, 32 percent
He’s viable but it’s not a great matchup and he’s ceding some work to both Elijhaa Penny and D.J. Foster, so there’s not a ton of ceiling here. Still, he should command 15 or so carries so he’s on the radar.
Branden Oliver, Chargers vs. Raiders, 0 percent
Melvin Gordon has an ankle injury worth monitoring, but he could play after a week of no practice. This is a situation to watch this week. Right now, for Melvin owners, the move is to proactively add Branden Oliver due to Austin Ekeler’s wrist injury. My guess is that Gordon suits up for the game because it matters—big time.
Josh Doctson, Washington at Giants, 36 percent
With much of the team banged up, Doctson is a good bet for targets and he’s a touchdown scorer so he has some big game upside. He’s scored in three out of the last five games. It doesn’t hurt that the Giants are a flat downtrodden bunch right now.
Dede Westbrook, Jaguars at Titans, 46 percent
He’s a great play this week in a matchup best suited for passing. You may be able to get Keelan Cole (52 percent) as well, so take a look at this team. I’d be shocked if they brought Marqise Lee back this week, whether he’s ready or not. There’s just no reason. And, even if Allen Hurns returns, he’ll be on a snap count—unlikely to impact Cole and Westbrook’s opportunities.
Chris Godwin, Bucs vs. Saints, 1 percent
He’s probably going to start again and his quarterback needs targets with so many injuries in Tampa. Godwin is a legit WR3 this week in 12-team leagues and he has some upside in full PPR scoring. The matchup with the Saints is a good one with Mike Evans almost certainly drawing Marshon Lattimore in coverage. Keep an eye on this situation as there’s a slight chance that DeSean Jackson returns from his ankle injury. I doubt it, but it’s possible.
Will Fuller, Texans at Colts, 40 percent
I do not love Fuller this week because the QB situation in Houston is abominable, but he’s playing nearly every down and he’ll probably see seven targets or more in this very good matchup. Fuller’s wheels are hard to deal with on turf and the Colts don’t have the horses to deal with DeAndre Hopkins no less Hopkins and Fuller at once.
Tyrell Williams, Chargers vs. Raiders, 40 percent
There’s a lot to like here. Williams has been heavily involved lately and this is a great matchup. with Mike Williams barely making a dent as a rookie, Williams’ role is still prominent—and he’s a serious touchdown threat from anywhere on the field—capable of making the play that wins you your league this week.
Corey Davis, Titans vs. Jaguars, 30 percent
Not an ideal start because of the matchup, but if you are hurting, he’s been coming on lately. Davis is a name to keep in mind for 2018. He’s going to be a very good one in time—assuming he stays healthy.
Antonio Gates, Chargers vs. Raiders, 22 percent
For all the reasons I put him in this space last week, Gates is viable this week with an even tastier matchup. The Raiders love to ignore tight ends in coverage plus Gates showed us how much he has left near the goal line over the last two weeks. He’s scored in two consecutive games. He’s a TE1 this week or very close to it.
Trey Burton, Eagles vs. Cowboys, 9 percent
Burton could play a large role this week if the Eagles choose to rest their starters, and I assume they will, at minimum, lower their reps. So, Burton, who has a role already, could vault into a prominent role, and we’ve seen what he can do when that’s the case. He’s a great add speculatively, but he’s a crucial add if you’ve been relying on Zach Ertz. Cover your posterior, folks.
Vernon Davis, Washington at Giants, 48 percent
He’s been slowing down lately but he’ll get a lot of reps here in a good matchup. As I mentioned earlier, the Giants are a beaten bunch right now. They have golf on their minds.
Charles Clay, Bills at Dolphins, 35 percent
He’s been mediocre but he’s going to get targets and he’s going to be ready to play his old team. Clay caught five balls for 68 yards when he played the Dolphins back in Week 15.
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